Paging John Idzik. John Idzik, you are wanted front and center.
Yes, the new boss of the New York Jets has been more than quiet as of late. Refusing the come down from his office and face the media front and center. Instead, he’s forced Rex Ryan to take the brunt of the media’s questioning.
First, let me clarify this article before I get Jet Nation all riled up. Does John Idzik owe the media anything? No. Absolutely not. He can run the team how he so chooses. However, does John Idzik owe Rex Ryan anything? I personally believe so. Let me explain.
We all know Rex is a different person than that of the first four years with the Jets. Where he was a walking, talking sports headline. From the “I’m not here to kiss Belichick’s rings.” statement to his guarantees of Super Bowl victories. That Rex, that mean, green, rolling thunderball of swagger, has long since disappeared.
Now, well that was a different time because the Jets were winning (and everyone knows that everything is better when you win), he was just a different man. He wasn’t the broken down, reserved, pulling a flat screen TV cart out of the closest to show you a few plays man you see before you every day. No sir. And while he was not one to give the media absolutely everything during a press conference when it came to injuries, etc, he would usually give a timeline or something small and then move on.
Since, Idzik arrived in Florham Park, it’s been a summer of “We’ll see.” and “When we feel we’re ready, we’ll make the starting quarterback announcement.”
To me, it sure seems like Idzik has the gag-order enforced and this includes Rex. Now, maybe he doesn’t and Rex was just upset at himself when he made the decision to put Sanchez in the 4th quarter of a meaningless game, which ultimately got Sanchez hurt. However, I doubt very much Rex made that call on his own. Ryan and Sanchez fondness for each other is well documented.
Idzik can alleviate some of the tension between the Jets and the media by coming out and speaking. Let the media hear it from the boss.
If not, it’s clear Idzik has other intentions or he simply isn’t a good “coach’s GM”.
I talked to a couple of Jets beat reporters today, both of whom agreed Idzik could put a lot of the media turmoil to rest by coming out and speaking with the media. After all, it has been a while.
In fact, according to one of the writers, J.P. Pelzman from The Record, John Idzik hasn’t spoken since the 3rd day of training camp, which was July 27th. July 27th! Before the Sanchez injury, before the Holmes practice and removal from PUP list, before the preseason even got under way! Both JP Pelzman and Kimberley Martin, who reports for Newsday, confirmed there are multiple requests from media personnel to speak with Idzik, which the Jets are yet to oblige.
@NYJ_NDN JI (John Idzik) spoke June 13, last day of mini-camp and July 27, third day of Tc (training camp). Nothing since despite numerous requests from beat people
@NYJ_NDN Definitely a fair point. Idzik hasn’t been made available to media. Most of us have requested him already
I asked both of them if it’s up to the Jets Public Relations Dept/Jets Organization to make him available to media or if the NFL rules enforce a general manager to be available to speak, which it doesn’t sound like there are such rules and regulations in regards to GM, only players.
@NYJ_NDN Good question. I know there are rules for HCs and players, have to look into what they are for GMs and owners.
@NYJ_NDN consulted w/ some scribes. I think GM is required to talk pre-draft & after the season; different rules for players
Idzik clearly has enforced the gag-order on the team and this includes the once savior of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan. Now, Rex is under fire. Sure, some of it is over-the-top journalism and trying to create a story out of thin air (thank you Keith Olbermann), but some of it is necessary. We do appreciate some updates.
Would we like to know how Mark Sanchez is doing? Sure. After all, he’s probably our Week 1 starter if he’s healthy (at least he should be). Would we like to know how our first round picks Sheldon Richardson and Dee Milliner are doing? Yes, absolutely. Does anyone report that? Do people know? Yes, I think they do and they just don’t report it because of everything that has been going on since the Giants game.
So by now, surely the media knows the Jets are under a gag-order. So you would think there is no need to badger Rex Ryan for inside information, knowing full-well he isn’t going to give it. We’ll see on that front.
The bottom line here is that John Idzik can put some of the badgering on Rex Ryan to rest and let him focus on having his football team ready if he’d come down from the mountain top and take a few questions himself. Rex has taken enough bullets for Idzik, maybe Idzik can ricochet a few himself.
Idzik needs to allow his coach to do just that, coach. Rex shouldn’t be worrying about his next press conference or how many times he’s going to be asked who the starter is. Let Idzik take some of the heat. After all, he created most of it.
You can follow Kimberley Martin on Twitter here: @KMart_LI
You can follow J.P. Pelzman on Twitter here: @JPPelzman
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